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How do you start taking up astronomy?

How To Take Up Astronomy

Patrick Moore (Astronomer) gives expert video advice on: How do you start taking up astronomy?

How do you start taking up astronomy?

I did that a long time ago, when I was a boy, so I'll say what I personally did. First of all, I read some books and got the general background. There weren't so many books in those days, of course. The next thing I did was that I went out at night and began learning my way around the sky. That's easy enough because the stars don't move compared to each other. I made a pact to learn one new constellation every night and it worked. Then I borrowed a pair of binoculars and looked around with that. I was still infected, so what next? I was lucky, I was able to join an astronomical association, and I recommend that strongly. Then finally, I got a small telescope which I still have. I went on from there. By that time, I made up my mind that my main interest was going to be the solar system and, in particular, the moon. That's how I started. It worked.